Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has said that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the state government to probe multi-crore IMA fraud case, has detained suspended rebel Congress leader Roshan Baig, for questioning in alleged connection with the case.
Taking to Twitter, Kumaraswamy informed that Baig was detained at BIAL airport while he was trying to leave for Mumbai on a chartered flight along with BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa’s personal assistant named Santosh. However, Santosh managed to flee from the airport after seeing the SIT but the team apprehended Baig.
“Today SIT probing the IMA case detained Roshan Baig for questioning at BIAL airport while he was trying to leave along with BS Yeddyurappa’s PA Santosh on a chartered flight to Mumbai. I was told that on seeing SIT, Santosh ran away while team apprehended Mr Baig,” Kumaraswamy said.
In another tweet, JD(S) leader Kumaraswamy accused Karnataka unit of BJP of helping a former minister escape, who is facing a probe in the IMA fraud case. “BJP MLA Yogeshwar was present at the time there. It’s a shame that BJP Karnataka is helping a former minister escape, who is facing a probe in the IMA case. This clearly shows BJP’s direct involvement in destabilizing the government through horse trading,” he said.
Baig, who was suspended from Congress for anti-party activities, had said on July 8 (Monday) that he would quit the party and join BJP. A day later, he resigned from his membership in the state Legislative Assembly.
Meanwhile, Karnataka unit of BJP has accused Kumaraswamy for using the state machinery to save his Congress-JDS coalition government in the state, which is on the verge to collapse due to its rebel MLAs.
“Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is using the state machinery to save his govt now. Mr Roshan Baig was given time till 19th July to appear before SIT. This shows how the state Government is blackmailing and treating their own MLAs’ using the institutions,” the BJP Karnataka tweeted.